Damascus has much to offer from scenic views to small town hot spots. Plot you course through the seven nationally known trails that intersect within Damascus, also known as Trail Town USA. Grab your reel and rod for some trout fishing in one of the state's largest and most beautiful streams at Whitetop Laurel Creek or bike your way down the Virginia Creeper to enjoy the stunning natural scenes and mountain air.
TRAIL BIKE RIDING
Damascus is home to a number of bike trails — most notably the Virginia Creeper, a world-class trail belonging to the Rails to Trails Hall of Fame. The Creeper runs 34 miles from the highs of Whitetop Mountain to the river valleys of Abingdon, VA, passing through a number of historical sites along the way — a popular family outing is to take a shuttle to Whitetop Station and then ride 17 miles back to Damascus, almost all downhill. Damascus has several Bike Rental and Shuttle companies that run shuttles to Whitetop year-round.
Stay cool all summer long with the town swimming pool. This large community pool with diving board and slide is a great way to entertain the kids and beat the heat. With lots of seating for many guests and a lifeguard you can relax while the little ones play.
There are a number of horse trails around Damascus, including the 67-mile Virginia Horse Trail. Camps specializing in horse riders are also available. Visit our the town of Damascus Horse Riding page for more info about horse riding in the area.
Whitetop Laurel Creek in Washington County, Virginia is one of state's largest and most beautiful wild trout streams. Approximately seven miles are stocked trout waters located on both private and public lands with an additional five miles of special regulation waters flowing through the Mount Rogers National Recreational Area. Within the special regulation sections, anglers have the opportunity to catch brook, brown, and rainbow trout while enjoying the scenic mountain atmosphere.
There’s no shortage of summer festivals around Damascus, but by far the best known is Trail Days, the Town’s annual hiker festival — with upwards of 20,000 visitors attending each year, Trail Days is the biggest hiker festival in the world! Many attendees are former Appalachian Trail thru-hikers who use the festival to meet up with friends from the Trail. For more information visit Damascus Town Website.